11:52pm Friday 4th May 2012
By David Hardiman
Conservative Boris Johnson has been re-elected Mayor of London, beating Labour rival Ken Livingstone.
Mr Johnson promised to dedicate his second four-year term to "fighting for a good deal for Londoners", while Mr Livingstone announced he had fought his last election.
Mr Johnson said: "Above all I want to thank the people of London - those who voted for me yesterday, those who didn't, those who thought about it and then did, those who thought about it and then didn't - I want to thank all of you for giving me a new chance and a new mandate to take us forward."
Congratulating his rival, Mr Livingstone said he suspected that Mr Johnson had now sealed the result of the next Conservative leadership contest.
Mr Johnson beat the Labour candidate after a bitter campaign which saw the two men clash furiously in public and in private.
Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick was beaten to third place by Green candidate Jenny Jones, while Independent Siobhan Benita was close behind him in fifth.
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